Environment and Energy

The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean, affordable energy services. UNDP helps countries strengthen their capacity to address these challenges at the global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects.

Our Goals

UNDP strengthens national capacity to manage the environment in a sustainable manner to advance poverty reduction efforts. Through our country teams in 135 developing countries, we help our partners build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, establish effective partnerships, secure resources, and implement programmes to support sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways.

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Facts & Figures

In 2013, 8 Pacific island states used our expertise to adopt climate change policies and regulations. We also helped nearly 40,000 people to begin using measures to adapt to climate shifts. As one result, 5,000 people have more secure water supplies. more

Our Stories

  • UNDP in Zimbabwe

    Organic farming breaks new ground in Zimbabwe
    UNDP in Zimbabwe

    The Makoni Organic Farmers Association, developed to transition away from tobacco cultivation and chemical-intensive agriculture, is leading the way in environmental conservation and sustainable use ofMore

Programmes and Initiatives

Global Environment Facility (UNDP/GEF)

With support from Global Environment Facility financing, UNDP helps developing countries catalyze investment into the green technologies, practices and enterprises that will make low emission, climate resilient environmentally sustainable development not only possible, but also economically attractive. more

Green Commodities Programme

The Green Commodities Programme manages a global portfolio of national-level commodity-focused programmes and platforms that remove barriers and institutionalize systemic approaches and resources for scaling up the production of sustainable commodities. This includes addressing environmental externalities within the supply chain, strengthening financial sustainability for technical assistance, reforming policy to level the production playing field and incentivizing sustainability more

MDG Carbon Facility

The MDG Carbon Facility is an innovative means of harnessing the vast resources of the carbon market in order to bring long-term sustainable development to a more diverse share of developing countries. more

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